5 wonderful winter experiences in North Island

In the heart of the North Island, the vast Central Plateau bubbles with excitement year-round. Hit the road in this stunning region this winter and enjoy these top experiences.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Waitomo

1. Discover a subterranean wonderland

Beneath the rolling hills of Waitomo, around two hours from Auckland, lies a network of limestone caverns with stunning formations and glowworm-lit caves enjoyed on a guided boat tour. If your clients are into adventure, try the unique black water rafting experience on the underground rivers.

2. Soak in geothermal waters

No visit to Rotorua is complete without a dip in the naturally heated mineral waters of Polynesian Spa and a lush spa therapy. This tranquil lakeside retreat was voted among the world's Top 10 Spa's by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine.

3. Cruise around Lake Taupō

On a clear winter’s day, the grand views across Lake Taupō – New Zealand’s largest freshwater lake – reveal the snow-capped triple peaks of Tongariro National Park. Admire this pristine landscape from the water on a scenic cruise or hop on a mountain bike and cruise some of the country’s best riding trails.  

4. See the impressive Taranaki Falls

Starting near the Whakapapa Information Centre, the Taranaki Falls loop track in Ruapehu region follows the crystal clear river to the impressive Taranaki Falls. Enjoy fabulous volcanic views along the way before reaching the remarkable falls.

5. Ski on expansive volcanic terrain

Take the chairlift up New Zealand’s largest volcano, Mount Ruapehu. Hit the Turoa area on the southwest side for Australasia’s biggest vertical drop and expansive, open runs or head to Whakapapa on the northern side for a dramatic volcanic feel. If ski is not your client’s gig, take the new scenic Sky Waka gondola to dine or enjoy coffee and fabulous views from what feels like the top of the world.